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Doug Nebeker ("Doug")
I've made a few utilities for IP and USB camera capture and would like to get the listed somewhere. What would you recommend?
IP Camera Viewer - http://www.ipcamerastudio.com/viewer.html
IP Camera Recorder - http://www.ipcamerastudio.com/recorder.html
Webcam Viewer - http://www.ipcamerastudio.com/webcam-viewer.html
Webcam Recorder - http://www.ipcamerastudio.com/webcam-recorder.html
How would you promote software like this?
Saturday, December 27, 2014
I have a friend who makes ipcamera software. His main market is small business owners, eg restaurant owners who want to be sitting in their office watching their business (eg that the employees are working, what the customers are doing) and another eg. in the case of a business with more than one shop and the owner wants to keep an eye on the mutliple locations.
The only trouble with this market is that the small businessmen are very tight (they do not like to spend money) so it is a tough market, also most of the sales my friend makes are from cold calling small businesses and word of mouth, but not the internet, and he reports that there is alot of competition in this market.
Apparently, the basic viewing and recording is a tough business to be in because there is so much competition. Not sure that you could do enough SEO to get high up on the search results due to the competition.
Apparently some clients like to keep and store the video which quickly becomes larger than a hard drive can store, with this you can develop the software to push video to your own cloud servers and thereby charge a monthly recurring fee, but you need to change the software to be able to easily scan and playback video from eg last week. but apparently even with this is it not a great business to be in.
Finally, my friend made a large sale with a pretty big security company, they had ipcamera software but it didnt do what they wanted so he was able to tailor his software to their needs.
I didnt answer your question but i hope this gives you some ideas!
Hi Alex, I got the same problem as you have few years ago. I searched google for "submit PAD" and submitted my .PAD file to about 100 web sites. If you don't know, PAD is an XML file which is processed by software listing websites. After having my PAD submitted and available on my website, I got more and more crawlers getting this file and placing it to download websites automatically. Some software listing websites make links to my page which is indexed by google. I can tell you details if something is not clear
Monday, December 29, 2014
I skipped the horrible PAD dance and just submitted to MajorGeeks initially. Within one week I had 3 sales. I've since submitted to Softpedia and Download.com, but that's it for now. I asked Download.com to not bundle my app with their installer, and they complied quickly.
I tried submitting to Softonic but that was a nightmare. They didn't like my screenshot size and trying to get it resolved was too much hassle. In the end I just deleted my account with them. It just wasn't worth the aggro.
One advertising tactic I'm trying is having my username as my website URL on various forums, so that when I post, people may get curious and go there to see what it's about. Time will tell if this pays off.
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